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Font/DA Mover

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MD5: c7af6e67a5434945ab0345b8c4ddc408
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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This app works with: Mini vMac

This utility shipped with the earliest Macintosh OS's and was included on each System floppy disk set. It's primary function was to assist a user with installing and managing Fonts and Desk Accessories (DA's) on the Macintosh.

    A desk accessory (DA) is a small helper-type application that can be run concurrently with any other application on the system. Early examples, such as SideKick and Macintosh desk accessories, used special programming models to provide a small degree of multitasking on a system that initially did not have any other multitasking ability.

    Introduced in 1984, as part of the operating system for the Apple Macintosh computer, a desk accessory (DA) was a piece of software, originally written as a device driver, conforming to a particular programming model. The purpose of this model was to permit very small helper-type applications to be run concurrently with any other application on the system. This provided a small degree of multitasking on a system that initially did not have any other multitasking ability.

Excerpt: "Desk Accessory" Wikipedia

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Only required for System 6 and earlier. Mac OS 7 up to 9.2.2 runs Desk Accessories just like normal applications, and fonts can be dragged to and from the System (and later, Fonts Folder) using just the mouse.

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by IIGS_User - 2012, May 4 - 6:49pm

Thanks, Yoyomac, yours is a very nice history comment.
Until now, I missed the part to open the System file in the left window.
I'll try again this. My first Mac, a Classic, has been shipped with Mac OS 7.0, so I never saw System 6 in real life before, but in Mini vMac only.

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by yoyomac - 2012, May 4 - 6:32am

Nice collector item. Font D/A mover was _needed_ prior to Mac OS 7.0 to install fonts and any the accessories/items found later under the Apple menu from Mac OS 7.0 onwards. At the time of the floppy-only Macs it was common to customize the System file depending on what application was going to be used on the floppy. Generally the challenge was to "shave" all fonts and accessories to have a bare bone system in order to pack as many games as possible on the floppy. It was also the time where the System could generate a "Mini Finder" file under 10KB that replaced the Finder on a bootable floppy. It was pretty much like the Launcher in OS 7.5 and later but limited in scope to the floppy it was created for. Nostalgia.
To answer the original comment: launch Font D/A Mover in System 6 or earlier, open a System file in the left window (say floppy), open a System file in the right window (say other floppy, or HD), select the items you want to (re)move from/to the 2 sources and click copy/remove. That's pretty much all it was for.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by IIGS_User - 2012, May 3 - 4:33pm

I've no idea how to work with this application, but here are examples to try:
Macintosh Garden/ASCII Chart
Macintosh Garden/HyperCard Help DA